The Prodigal Son. Music by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and libretto by William Plomer (1903-1973). Vocals by Peter Pears, John Shirley-Quirk, Bryan Drake and Robert Tear. This was the third of three Church Parables by Britten. That is, scaled down operas designed for performance in a church setting. Recorded in the UK in May 1969. Transfer from the original London stereo LP OSA 1164 by Bob Varney.